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1US CO: Judge Wants More Briefings On Pot Cultivation CaseThu, 19 Jun 2008
Source:Fort Collins Coloradoan (CO) Author:Woods, Hallie Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:06/20/2008

A Fort Collins couple cited an illegal search and their medical marijuana registration as reasons a judge should dismiss charges against them for marijuana cultivation.

Nicole and Alexander Baatsen said Larimer County Sheriff's Office investigators illegally searched their south Fort Collins home in 2007 when they ignored Nicole Baatsen's comments denying them access to the home.

Sheriff's investigators searched the home Sept. 21 after surveying the home several times, sheriff's investigator Josh Sheldon said in court Wednesday.

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2 CN BC: Schools To Try New Drug PolicyMon, 16 Jun 2008
Source:Parksville Qualicum Beach News (CN BC) Author:Vail, Alli Area:British Columbia Lines:62 Added:06/20/2008

Schools have been given a new procedure for dealing with student substance abuse.

School District 69 (Qualicum) trustees recently enacted a new interim substance abuse policy which abolishes an old rule of immediate suspension for students using, distributing, possessing or under the influence or drugs or alcohol.

"It is clear we have issues of alcohol and drug use in our community with our young people," said Sean McKierahan, assistant superintendent of schools. "I think all community agencies are aware of that."

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3 CN BC: LTE: Drugs In North VancouverWed, 18 Jun 2008
Source:Outlook, The (CN BC) Author:Cook, Sue Area:British Columbia Lines:74 Added:06/20/2008

I have just finished reading the story regarding the rampant drug dealing which is going on in North Vancouver (and West Vancouver as well).

As a resident living right in the "thick" of things on West Fourth Street in the City of North Vancouver who has tried unsuccessfully to be proactive in my community, I feel I must speak out.

First there is no longer a pay phone in front of the 7-Eleven mentioned, as I worked successfully with the management of 7-Eleven and the payphone was removed.

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4 CN BC: Keep Watch For Drug Production In NeighbourhoodsWed, 18 Jun 2008
Source:100 Mile House Free Press (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:89 Added:06/20/2008

Even Mickey D is not immune from robbery.

The Saanichton McDonald's was robbed at 10:30 PM on May 27 by a suspect who produced a note indicating he had a gun. He fled with an undisclosed amount of money only to have the police dog on his trail within minutes. Not only did Jacko the police dog take a bite out of crime, literally, but the entire incident was recorded and uploaded on www.crooktube.com within minutes.

RCW encourages all businesses to install CCTVs (Closed Circuit Television) and upload all incidents to www.crooktube.com. For information on CCTV go to www.ruralcrimewatch.com and click on "Successes."

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5 CN QU: Insite Chez Nous?Thu, 19 Jun 2008
Source:Mirror (CN QU) Author:Lejtenyi, Patrick Area:Quebec Lines:108 Added:06/20/2008

The chances of a supervised injection site opening in Quebec aren't high, but the province is at least thinking about it

Now that heroin addicts in Vancouver can breathe a little easier, thanks to the British Columbia Supreme Court's decision late last month to extend supervised injection facility Insite's exemption from federal drug laws for at least a year, there are murmurs that Quebec is mulling a similar project. Earlier this month, provincial Health Minister Philippe Couillard said the government was "looking into this very seriously," sending shivers of excitement through the addiction treatment world.

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6 Canada: Editorial: Just Say NoThu, 19 Jun 2008
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada)          Area:Canada Lines:53 Added:06/20/2008

Nobody relishes the idea of men or women under the influence of drugs or alcohol operating buses, subways or other public-transit vehicles. But the notion of trampling over Canadians' civil liberties, as the Toronto Transit Commission is considering doing in response to one or two apparently isolated incidents, is no more appealing.

Earlier this month, a Toronto bus driver was charged with impaired driving after passengers noticed him driving erratically; his blood-alcohol level proved to be three times over the legal limit. Coincidentally, a report emerged around the same time that a transit worker killed in a subway tunnel accident last year was high on marijuana at the time. (A lack of safety procedures, not impairment, was blamed for his death.) There is no available research to suggest either of these incidents reflected widespread behaviour. But the city councillors who oversee the transit service have nevertheless decided that drastic measures may be needed, asking yesterday for TTC staff to investigate drug and alcohol testing for employees.

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7US CA: Testimony Begins In Fatal Marijuana Shoot-Out At MotelThu, 19 Jun 2008
Source:Chico Enterprise-Record (CA) Author:Dell, Terry VAU Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:06/20/2008

OROVILLE -- A Vallejo man went on trial Wednesday, charged with the murders of two of three men killed in a gun battle during a marijuana buy at an Oroville motel in 2006.

Though there is no evidence Deandre Tyrone Lowe, now 39, was ever armed, prosecutors are charging him with murder under the so-called "felony murder rule," which holds accomplices liable for deaths that occur during certain serious crimes.

According to police reports, during the Oct. 22, 2006, transaction at the Best Value Inn in Oroville, one of four would-be buyers, Dejuan Dean, 34, of Vallejo, pulled a gun and ordered the other two men with him -- including Lowe -- to scoop up the money and drugs, from three Concow area pot sellers.

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8 CN SN: PUB LTE: Wishful Thinking Is Not EnoughThu, 19 Jun 2008
Source:News Review, The (CN SN) Author:Lane, David Area:Saskatchewan Lines:33 Added:06/20/2008

Dear Editor:

The writer of this letter is very naive and has not thought through the drug related problems we face.

The world would be better without pollution, George Bush, and a whole lot of things.

Wish logic is not going to solve any problems.

The only choice we have in dealing with drugs is whether we allow the criminal black markets to supply them or we provide them in legal regulated markets where age and quality controls can be enforced.

Which of these two choices do you prefer?

Santa Cruz, CA.

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9 CN SN: PUB LTE: How Can We Solve The Cocaine Problem?Thu, 19 Jun 2008
Source:News Review, The (CN SN) Author:Schaffer, Clifford A. Area:Saskatchewan Lines:51 Added:06/20/2008

To the Editor:

(Editors Note: The following letters are in response to a Letter to the Editor in the Thursday, June 12 issue of The News Review entitled: World would be better without cocaine...)

The world would be better without cockroaches, too. That doesn't mean it is a good idea to burn down the house to get rid of them.

There was a time when most of the current drug problems simply didn't exist. There were addicts - about the same percentage as today - but the addicts didn't commit crimes to support their habits. There were no drug gangs. There was no drugrelated violence, except for that related to alcohol.

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10 CN SN: PUB LTE: Less Tough, More Tolerance - The Answer?Thu, 19 Jun 2008
Source:News Review, The (CN SN) Author:Muse, Kirk Area:Saskatchewan Lines:58 Added:06/20/2008

To the Editor:

I'm writing about Gay Caswell's not-so-thoughtful letter: "World would be better without cocaine" (6-12-08).

If tough-on-drugs policies worked, the idealistic goal of a drug free America would have been reached a long time ago.

And if tolerant marijuana policies caused more hard drug use and crime, the Czech Republic would have much higher rates of hard drug use and crime.

They do not.

The Czech Republic is the only country in the world where adult citizens can legally use, purchase, possess and grow small quantities of marijuana. (In the Netherlands, marijuana is quasi-legal - not officially legal.)

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